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Originally posted by Distopia You folks have it wrong IMO (the two posters above me), I think it's the ability to make decisions like this that solidifies Smed's position, a truly moral CEO would grind tooth and nail to keep their teams together, and in turn crash the company entirely in trying to do so. The job of a CEO is first and foremost to ensure the best profitability of a company and ensure the least amount of overhead. We're not talking videogames here, we're talking corporate level decision making. If Smed didn't do his job he'd be gone in a heart beat, Sony is no stranger to executive level restructuring, they do it quite often actually.
Well with Sony Corporation being usurped by Samsung and LG as the premier electronics company I see the whole top management being to blame then because Sony have been unprofitable for years. Releasing unfinished, buggy, no content games over and over again and laying people off year on year isn't really doing your job properly is it? if you are making less and less money and have to lay off staff where is the shortfall coming from as the parent company has no money? it means you are having to release unfinished buggy games as you don't have development funds to do it properly. Does that sound familiar?
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Originally posted by Lord.Bachus A company like SOE works in project teams, some projects are shrinking in size, others are growing, most of the time its not possible to transfer all employees to other project teams, because there might not be a need for the employees quallities there.. Anouncements like this are mostly misunderstood by simple minds like gamers..
Blimey you have a high opinion of yourself, I'd learn to use a spell checker first even if your first language isn't English, before throwing insults around. A company laying off staff year on year and publicly announcing it, releasing poor game after poor game, common sense tells you something is not right and that's usually upper management.
Originally posted by grimgryphon If they canned Smedley I would probably take a second look at EQN. I just don't trust the guy. Too many lies and manipulation over the years. My gut says EQN will be another bottle of snake-oil.
Smed is a part of the "good ol boys" inner circle at SoE, there are a dozen of them that are above the law at SoE. Many game companies are in the same boat, having upper mgmt click of folks who have not changed for many years. SoE needs to do what Trion did - get rid of all upper mgmt click, replace the CEO and refocus the company.
CU is also doing it right - get a young new team full of creativity and new energy to build the game. Watch any of EQN videos - there is not a single person shown on EQN team videos in their 20s, interesting isn't it?
Originally posted by DMKano Originally posted by grimgryphon If they canned Smedley I would probably take a second look at EQN. I just don't trust the guy. Too many lies and manipulation over the years. My gut says EQN will be another bottle of snake-oil.
I was wondering how Smedley has kept his job .This would also explain why the top SWTOR management hasn't been replaced.
People aren't going to realize this until after they buy EQN and have their first real experience with SOE
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I also have a hard time believing DCUO is performing poorly.... For one, they keep pumping resources into it in the form of additional DLC packs. It is sort of hard to believe they would continue that model for as long as they have if it wasn't working too well for them (especially since it seems their output has increased as time has gone on).
We've seen what SOE does to games that aren't performing.... (Vanguard, MxO, Pirates, etc...). DCUO is far from maintenance mode.
I also remember comments from SOE that the PS3 version does better (or maybe it just gets more players? ) than the PC version which would make sense considering they're attempting to be there for the PS4 launch. If the game wasn't performing, they wouldn't be spending resources on having a port done.
Logic, my dear, merely enables one to be wrong with great authority.
Originally posted by Comaf Originally posted by Saryk Originally posted by Calerxes Sony as a corporation has been doing badly for years only just about making a profit in the last quarter, that's the reason for the gamers first approach to flogging the PS4, they need it to succeed badly. This means there must be a knock on effect to their gaming divisions especially one that fails to release quality games time and time again. Have SOE ever released a fully working, full of content MMO ever? and how the hell does John Smedley still have a job with failure after failure? that has puzzled me for a while, its seems they keep on laying off the wrong people, how about looking at leadership first? I'm expecting EQN to be a half arsed, half finished, rushed release (in time to beat TESO to market?) because history tells us that's all SOE are capable of releasing.
You know what , I agree! However at least EQnext will be F2P..........
Pray it doesn't go F2P - nothing says "We can't hold this game by subs alone," like F2P which depends on 1 out of every 1,000 players to be just crazy enough to spend enough to cover 1,000 subscriptions in silly purchasing.
I have yet to see a "good" mmorpg that has a F2P model. WoW might be losing subs, but they still trump every mmorpg I've played outside of Dark Age of Camelot (a sadly dated, EA ruined gem of a game).
I agree about FTP MMO's. It is unfortunate because FTP games that are not MMO's often are very good DOTA 2 and Tribes Ascend are 2 examples. FTP, however opens too many bad things in an MMO like Botting and multi boxing (which I am against and is easy when you do not need to pay for an account)
As to SOE they have destroyed their gems like EQ1. Even Everquest 2 was a good game at one point. SOE completely ruined that too.
TO those who think that SOE has anything to do with the PS4 is wrong SOE is a separate entity in Sony that deals with online games. They did not make the PS4.
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Layoffs are a very common thing in the game industry. I don't think most people realize how hard and unstable a job as a game developer is. One day you can be hired by a large corporation and the next day you could be looking for another job.
As a game developer, it's always smart to keep a back up plan at all times. Always be in contact with possible employers.
One could say layoffs happen a lot in every industry, which isn't incorrect. However, in the game industry, it can happen to a person who is pretty good at their job. So you can save yourself by performing well, like most jobs.
However, you are likely to be able to stay put if your able to get into a permanent position in a well known team. Though that is actually pretty hard to do.
I don't think Sony is doing "bad." At least not as bad as some make it out to be. I suppose they could be doing better though. However, as I said, layoffs are fairly normal.
Originally posted by evilastro You guys realise this has nothing to do with EQN? DCUO is just obviously under-performing.
I don't know how. It's one of the only good superhero MMOs out there.
Originally posted by ste2000 PS2 is not doing as good as expected............ that's my translation. Also with Rift F2P I am sure many EQ2 players migrated there. Rift has a far better F2P model than any SoE game. SoE needs to stop being too greedy. If they want people money they need to be fair. Trying to FORCE people spending their money is not a good business strategy.
greed yes, but weird greed
about a month ago i decided i wanted to jump back into EQII and planned on getting a years worth of all access to the tune of $180 - add to that whatever the most recent expansion was to get get all caught up on current in game content $40 - also was interested in the Age of Discover expansion that for some reason is a completely seperate expansion for another $40
to take advantage of the all access i wanted PS2 included which for some reason i registered under a different email address then my main station account - well, after posts on forums and emails to support and a phone call it turns out they also wanted to charge for a simple account consolidation - that was over the top for me for some reason but it was a fee they insisted on - so for the want of $25 they turned down my $260 - weird
Originally posted by Calerxes Have SOE ever released a fully working, full of content MMO ever?
uhhh yeah, it was called Everquest and Everquest 2.
Lets see, Mythic released Trials of Atlantis, which many people consider to be the downfall of Dark Age of Camelot in 2003. EA purchased Mythic in 2006. Credibility is an important thing, otherwise it just looks like more complaining for complainings sake...
Companies lay workers off all the time and not every time does that fortell doom and gloom. People on this site have an annoying habit of wishing the worst on others. We are talking about games people, some of you could do well to remember that.
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What a wasteful rant based on limited knowledge of the genre. DAoC wasn't even in the top 5 most popular MMORPGs during its peak. And Nexon would disagree with your assessment of what a good F2P model is seeing as how more than half their revenue comes from F2P games and they are the #3 game maker in terms of profits behind only EA and Activision/Blizzard.
And when you look at how many games those two companies make...that's saying a shit ton about how much money Nexon makes off of F2P. Deal with reality, the reality that you don't know much about MMORPGs.
Originally posted by Shadanwolf Originally posted by DMKano Originally posted by grimgryphon If they canned Smedley I would probably take a second look at EQN. I just don't trust the guy. Too many lies and manipulation over the years. My gut says EQN will be another bottle of snake-oil.
But the upper management/ownership of Bioware did leave within a few months of TOR launching. That is the equivalent of Smedly's position. He was what started the online gaming portion of Sony which spun off to Verant, and then was brought back into the fold of Sony under SOE. He was essentially the founder of Everquest, not necessarily from the creative standpoint but from the "put the team together" which would lead to an entirely new division/company standpoint.
Originally posted by noncley I wonder if Smedley, the genius behind the Matrix Online, SWG, POTBS, Vanguard and now EQN, will be taking a cut in salary?
This made me go huh? They published Matrix for Warner Bros, and then bought it from them when it was failing, the published vanguard, then bought it from them when it was failing (granted you could question his judgement for buying failed games, but I believe the Matrix online was part of a deal for getting the rights to make DC Universe (which he was at least partially responsible for and you didn't list despite its overall failure) POTBS was published by SOE but wasn't bought like MO and Vanguard. SWG was the most popular of the games listed and while I know it is viewed that they ruined the game, they also created the game that "everyone" loved to begin with. You're overall point, though, I think is very valid. He is essentially riding the coat-tails of a 14 year old game.